It has been a difficult and stressful time for all of us. The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced businesses and schools to close and our daily schedules to be literally turned upside down. For those families who share custody of their children, this uncertain time can be especially difficult. Custody agreements could not possibly take into account all of the issues related to COVID-19. If you find yourself struggling to navigate your custody agreement during COVID-19, AMS Mediation can help you. Our child custody mediation services can help you determine how best to adjust your current custody arrangement to account for changes related to COVID-19 that are specific to your family.
Making Amendments to your Current Custody Agreement
There are many potential adjustments that may need to be made to a custody agreement during the COVID-19 crisis. Work schedules may have changed significantly, and you may find that either you or your ex are home more (or less than usual), impacting your normal custody arrangement. Health care workers and other essential staff are on the front lines during this time, and they may need to be working increased hours during the pandemic. Your daycare/school may have closed, leaving your children without the child care that you had agreed to in your custody agreement. Arranging for childcare during COVID-19 may very well take an adjustment to your current custody agreement.
AMS Mediation specializes in using the alternative dispute resolution tool of mediation to help parties settle all types of disagreements, problems and disputes. No matter how high the conflict is between you and your ex, our team can help you find a solution to the problem that you face. The court system is not set up to accommodate the significant changes that may be needed as the result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Virtual Mediation Services during COVID-19
Mediation can resolve your custody issues quickly, without a financial burden, allowing you to come to an agreement that works best for all involved. Currently, in an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations, we can complete the mediation session(s) virtually (via zoom or teleconference), so that you do not compromise safety. Finally, the AMS Mediation team can complete all necessary legal paperwork to ensure that these custody adjustments are filed appropriately.
You can count on AMS Mediation during this uncertain time to help you navigate all aspects of a custody agreement amendment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team will help you resolve the issues you face so that you can focus on staying healthy and safe during this time. For more information about using mediation to amend your current custody agreement, call us at 952.252.1492 we are still open and taking new clients.